About Carmen Martinez


Ideas running through my head!

Ideas running through my head!

Karen Hopkins (1949-) an Indie writer on Amazon Kindle, I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Martinez, California. At  seventeen I moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing my university degree in Fashion Merchandising and Spanish I moved to London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years between raising kids I taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the “most remote school in the United States”–Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico, high school in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cochise College in Nogales, Arizona.
My husband and I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, camping in the remote highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala with our eight kids. The kids are grown and we currently live and write in Southern Arizona, near the border with Mexico. Carmen Martinez is my alter ego–the name I was assigned in ninth grade Spanish in Martinez, California!

Contact me at carmenmartinezaz@gmail.com  or at kar.hop@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you and–

Look for my books available on Amazon Kindle:

*Shaman Priest

*Down the Colorado (A Kiko and Maggie Perez Mystery)

*Sparrow Hawk (A Kiko and Maggie Perez Mystery)

*Up the Devil’s Highway (A Kiko and Maggie Perez Mystery)

The Memorial Day Disaster Trilogy (Three Kiko and Maggie Perez books in one!)

Little Mouse on the Prairie–a book for children

*Murder on the Big Rez (coming soon)


*Rescue from Panama


*not yet released.

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